| Apr 2, 2014
Dying in a peaceful way
"Don't cry; be happy for me."
Those were the words our 48-year-old daughter said to us three years ago as she lay dying from metastatic breast cancer, much like the mother of Nancy Watkins, as described in "Death unvarnished;...
| Mar 29, 2014
| 11:42 AM
DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I'm 52 and have been diagnosed with dry macular degeneration. What could cause this in a person my age?
ANSWER: No one knows exactly what causes macular degeneration, an eye disease that can lead to loss of sight in the center of...
| Mar 21, 2014
| 7:30 PM
INDIANAPOLIS — After the last game before the All-Star break, a peeved Kirk Hinrich vowed to improve his anemic 3-point percentage.
Loss or no loss Friday night, mission accomplished.
After splitting his two attempts in the 91-79 setback against...
| Mar 24, 2014
•Name: Emily Sands
•Name: Josephine Searock
•Where from: Nazareth
•What you call her: Grammy, Gram
•What she calls you: Emily, Em
•What makes her special: Her strength....
| Feb 24, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Harold Ramis, the estimable comedy writer, director and actor whose resume includes "Groundhog Day," "Ghostbusters," "Animal House," "Caddyshack" and "National Lampoon's Vacation," died on Monday at age 69.
The Chicago Tribune reports that the cause of...
| Feb 20, 2014
| 4:50 PM
Some of you, upon hearing that "Brief Encounter" has been adapted to the stage, will immediately roll your eyes and ask, "Why would anyone be foolish enough to compete with the memory of David Lean's classic film?"
Well, the British company Kneehigh has...
| Feb 20, 2014
Letters to the editor from Schaumburg, Morton Grove, Park Ridge and Niles.
The primary election season is upon us. Many citizens gripe about their disgust of government and of those who hold public office. Conversations then drift...
| Jan 30, 2014
| 2:05 PM
"At Middleton," the new romantic comedy starring Vera Farmiga and Andy Garcia as strangers who collide during a campus tour with their college-bound kids, is like a feckless flirtation.
I use the word "feckless" because it keeps popping up in the film,...
| Feb 2, 2014
| 5:00 AM
The word is out that we're embarking on a new golden age of journalism.
In recent months some of the hottest names in the business — the Washington Post's Ezra Klein, Nate Silver of the New York Times, Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg of the Wall...
| Jan 3, 2014
| 3:10 PM
When it comes to rewarding distraction — we would never suggest it was a waste of time — there's nothing quite like grabbing the crossword puzzle, retreating to a comfortable chair and battling it out with Mr. Shortz, Mr. Reagle or whoever...
| Dec 20, 2013
| 11:29 AM
What's a 10-letter word for the 100th anniversary of something, in this case crossword puzzles?
Google is celebrating the centennial of crossword puzzles Friday with an interactive doodle on its home page. Users can head to Google.com to play the...
| Dec 23, 2013
| 9:40 AM
In a year-end memo to company employees, Apple CEO Tim Cook sparked more speculation over what the tech giant might have up its sleeve in 2014.
"We have a lot to look forward to in 2014, including some big plans that we think customers are going to...